At Yale, medical student research is both integral to and integrated into your education. Explore our website to learn about the student research experience, including our strong mentorship culture and the expansive opportunities to engage in research throughout your time at YSM.
Student Research Timeline
Before you matriculate at Yale School of Medicine: Participate in an in-person summer research program at Yale—START@Yale
During your first year: Courses that prepare you to perform high-quality research
First-year Medical Student Summer Research
After your first year: Spend the summer conducting funded research
Years 3, 4, & 5: Conduct 4 to 12 weeks of full-time research
5th Year: Spend a tuition-free “5th year” (before your final 4th year) conducting research
4th Year: Information about the MD Thesis, including when to start and important milestones and deadlines!
Support Networks for Student Research
Working under the guidance of faculty renowned in their fields, opportunities abound for you to investigate the questions that matter to you. Whether your work is based in a laboratory, the clinic, or the community, as a medical student you’ll have access to cutting-edge research facilities and faculty experts who are committed to mentoring you and welcoming you into a community of scientists.